Lewis and Clark Expedition

Phase 1 / Date 12: September 11-September 24, 1804

From Boat Island to the Teton [Bad] River [SD]

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	Sept.11, 1804
	Today I encountered a village of barking squirrel.  I killed four of 
them and had their skins stuffed.  Today Shannon came back to meet up 
with us.  He was nearly starving to death.

Sept. 12,1804
	This morning it was dark and cloudy.  The wind was blowing hard as 
we passed an island in the middle of the river at the head of which we found 
great difficulty in passing by it because of the sand bars.  The water was 
shallow so we had to camp.  In the morning I saw many little squirrels all 
over the island.  I also observed that the soil was full of slate and coal.  It 
rained all day today.

Sept. 13, 1804
	Today was also dark and drizzly.  Last night one of the hunters caught 
four beaver.  The winds from the northwest are very cold.  Capt. Lewis killed 
a porcupine in a tree.  The water is still very shallow.

Sept. 14, 1804
	Today I killed a Buck Goat and Shields killed a hare.  We passed two 
creeks today and it rained all day.  We stuffed the hare and goat tonight.

Sept. 15, 1804
	We set out early today and passed the mouth of the creek.  The 
current is regular and swift with sand bars in it at different points.  There is 
a much greater number of timber.  I saw a number of rabbits and grapes.  I 
killed a Buck Elk and a Deer this evening.  It is very cold and there are a 
number of wolves howling in the strong wind.

Sept. 16, 1804
	Today we set out very early and we dried all our wet clothing.  We 
examined all the boats and supplies in the boats.  The camp is on a plain 
surrounded by timber.  There were many Timber Elms and the sign of the 
beaver are everywhere.  I killed a number of goats and Capt. Lewis killed a 
	It was cloudy all day and I gave out flannel shirts and powder to the 
men who had used theirs up.

Sept. 17, 1804
	Today Capt. Lewis  went out to view the country.  He did not return 
until dark.  Colter killed a goat and a different kind of deer of a dark gray 
color.  When Capt. Lewis returned he killed a rattle snake and saw a hare.  
Some of our provisions are ruined from the rain.

Sept. 18, 1804
	Today the hunters killed ten deer and a prairie wolf.  There are a 
numerous amount of wolves around here, they are light colored and long 

Sept. 19, 1804
	It was a cool and clear morning and we passed a large island.  I 
walked along the shore to see this great place where the Sioux crossed.  We 
did not camp until late tonight at the mouth of the creek.  I killed a cow, 
elk, and my servant York killed a buck.  The country is full of plains and you 
can see many buffalo and elk grazing on the plains.  Last night I hurt my 
hands and feet but tonight is a fine evening.

Sept. 20, 1804
	There is a fair morning wind today and I walked along the shore to 
examine the bend in the creek.  There is a narrow part of the creek where 
there are high irregular hills.  The gorge in the bend is about a mile and half 
wide.  I saw a hare run into a hole in the side of a hill.  Fields killed a deer 
and two goats one of them being a female.  From the goats we got lard.
	At the big bend we observed a cliff of black rock which resembled 

Sept. 21, 1804
	This morning the sand bar began to give away.  This alarmed me and 
we cleared camp and got onto the boats.  As we pushed off the bank fell 
under.  We had to make a second camp for the remained of the night.  We 
went on our way to the gorge in the great bend.  One of the Frenchman I 
fear has an abscess on his thigh.  He is in great pain.  

Sept. 22, 1804
	Today the fog was very thick which detained us until 7 a.m.  Some of 
the men saw Indian tracks.  The Frenchman with the abscess on his thigh 
keeps him in pain for ten to twelve days at a time.  There are plains on both 
sides.  We found very large stone and a number of buffalo.

Sept. 23, 1804
	The river is very straight and wide.  We camped below the mouth of 
the creek.  Three Sioux boys swam up the river and informed us that a band 
of 80 Sioux were at the next creek.  We gave the boys tobacco for their 
chiefs and told them to tell the chiefs we wanted to speak to them.

Sept. 24, 1804
	We prepared some clothes and medals for the chiefs of the Sioux 
tribe.  We expect to see them today at the next creek.  There is a great deal 
of stone in the sides of the river.  We have reports that some of the Indians 
had stolen some of the horses.  When we spoke to the Indians we informed 
them we are friends and not afraid of them, but that we would speak to 
them until they returned our horses. 

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